The Reading / Listening - Seeds - Level 5

A vault storing the world's most precious seeds now has over one million different varieties. It recently received a consignment of seeds from 70,000 different crops. Global Seed Vault is buried in an icy mountain in Norway's Arctic Circle. It opened ten years ago to protect the future of the world's food supply. Climate change and droughts around the world are threatening many different species of plants. The vault holds back-ups of seeds stored in other seed banks around the world. A senior scientist at the Crop Trust said: "Hitting the million mark is really significant."



Workers at the vault are surprised to reach the million mark so soon. The crisis in Syria meant there were 90,000 fewer seeds at the vault. The latest delivery included seeds for cereals and more unusual crops like the onion potato. There were also Bambara groundnuts, which are a drought tolerant crop. The Crop Trust spoke about the importance of the vault. It said: "Safeguarding such a huge range of seeds means scientists will have the best chance of developing nutritious and climate-resilient crops that can ensure future generations don't just survive, but thrive."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Seeds - Level 4 or  Seeds - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43171939
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/noahs-ark-seed-vault-chalks-million-crop-varieties-190218390.html
  • https://www.ecowatch.com/global-seed-vault-svalbard-2539843402.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It recently received a
  2. buried
  3. protect the future of the world's
  4. threatening many
  5. The vault holds back-
  6. other seed banks
  7. A senior
  8. Hitting the million mark
  1. around the world
  2. food supply
  3. is really significant
  4. in an icy mountain
  5. scientist
  6. different species
  7. ups of seeds
  8. consignment

Paragraph 2

  1. The crisis
  2. The latest delivery included seeds
  3. more unusual crops
  4. drought
  5. Safeguarding such a huge range
  6. scientists will have the best
  7. nutritious and
  8. don't just
  1. climate-resilient crops
  2. like the onion potato
  3. survive, but thrive
  4. of seeds
  5. in Syria
  6. tolerant
  7. for cereals
  8. chance

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ world's most precious seeds now has over one million different varieties. It (2) ___________________ consignment of seeds from 70,000 different crops. Global Seed Vault is buried in an icy mountain in Norway's Arctic Circle. It opened ten years ago to (3) ___________________ of the world's food supply. Climate change and droughts around the world are threatening many (4) ___________________ plants. The vault holds back-ups of seeds stored in (5) ___________________ around the world. A senior scientist at the Crop Trust said: "Hitting the million mark (6) ___________________."

Workers at the vault are (7) ___________________ the million mark so soon. The crisis in Syria meant there were 90,000 (8) ___________________ the vault. The latest delivery included seeds (9) ___________________ more unusual crops like the onion potato. There were also Bambara groundnuts, which are (10) ___________________ crop. The Crop Trust spoke about the importance of the vault. It said: "Safeguarding such a (11) ___________________ seeds means scientists will have the best chance of developing nutritious and climate-resilient crops that can ensure future generations don't just (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Avaultstoringtheworld'smostpreciousseedsnowhasoveronemilliond
ifferentvarieties.Itrecentlyreceivedaconsignmentofseedsfrom70,00
0differentcrops.GlobalSeedVaultisburiedinanicymountaininNorway'
sArcticCircle.Itopenedtenyearsagotoprotectthefutureoftheworld'sf
oodsupply.Climatechangeanddroughtsaroundtheworldarethreateni
ngmanydifferentspeciesofplants.Thevaultholdsback-upsofseedss
toredinotherseedbanksaroundtheworld.AseniorscientistattheCropT
rustsaid:"Hittingthemillionmarkisreallysignificant."Workersattheva
ultaresurprisedtoreachthemillionmarksosoon.ThecrisisinSyriamean
ttherewere90,000fewerseedsatthevault.Thelatestdeliveryincluded
seedsforcerealsandmoreunusualcropsliketheonionpotato.Therewer
ealsoBambaragroundnuts,whichasadroughttolerantcrop.TheCropT
rustspokeabouttheimportanceofthevault.Itsaid:"Safeguardingsuch
ahugerangeofseedsmeansscientistswillhavethebestchanceofdevelo
pingnutritiousandclimate-resilientcropsthatcanensurefuturegenera
tionsdon'tjustsurvive,butthrive."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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